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Although each individual suffering from Alzheimer’s experiences symptoms of the disease differently, they tend to go through a similar path from the beginning of the disease to its last phase. The most popular system to identify stages to understand what a person with Alzheimer's is going through was developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg of New York University. Below is his 7 stages of Alzheimer’s:
 
  • Stage 1 is the No Impairment stage when the disease is not at all identifiable.
  • Stage 2 is the Very Mild Decline stage when the person starts to experience slight symptoms of the disease but it will hardly be identified by physicians. They would even be able to pass memory tests.
  • Stage 3 is the Mild Decline stage, where a loved one begins to identify with the memory problem the person with the disease is experiencing.
  • At Stage 4 the Moderate Decline stage shows that symptoms are clearly noticeable, like difficulty remembering life stories and solving simple computations.
  • Stage 5 is the Moderately Severe Decline stage reveals apparent risks for patients with Alzheimer’s and makes care a necessary part of their daily life.
  • Stage 6, the Severe Decline stage now needs constant supervision and frequent professional care.
  • And last, Stage 7 is the Very Severe Decline stage where those with Alzheimer's are terminal and need intensive professional care.
The staging system is helpful in using a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s. However, symptoms are not easy to identify and from stage 3, the stage gets more complicated making it harder for professionals and loved ones to give the best care.
 
Learn more about the disease and help care for those suffering from the disease through the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org
 

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